Bissell Centre provides low-income families with
free temporary childcare for children 0 to 6 years.
Bissell Centre serves 1,400 children annually and incorporates the “learning through play” model to assist in developing children’s social, emotional, intellectual, and cultural growth.
Early Childhood Development
Many impoverished parents who rely on our childcare facility must often make the hard decision between purchasing food and paying rent. The growth and development of children can become compromised when they do not have enough food to eat, which can lead to underdeveloped cognitive, behavioural, and social skills, further entrenching a disadvantage for those who are poor.
Our ELCC program is designed to foster improved early childhood development outcomes so your child can get the best possible start to life.
Guided by the Play, Participation, and Possibilities – An Early Learning and Child Care Curriculum Framework for Alberta, our team of Early Childhood Educators plan activities that are fun and enhance development of the whole child. Although we do not formally teach concepts such as counting, ABC’s and math, the activities that are planned for expose the children to all of these concepts and learning happens informally and through hands on activities.
Our Early Childhood Development program provides two healthy meals and one snack every day, to help the children thrive.
Our Child Care Centre
Ours is a fully accredited and licensed centre allowing children to play and learn in a safe, supportive, educational environment, giving parents time to access other services, interview for a job or attend appointments.
Families are free to access our childcare services one day per week or on a more frequent, temporary basis if a parent has demonstrated participation in a training program, active job search, or other need.
Please reserve a spot for your child(ren) one or two days in advance.
“Thank you to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for providing funding to purchase nutritious food for the children in our care, which will contribute to their overall health and well-being”